Juno Awards 2016: Events being held around Calgary this week

There's plenty of fun events and live music around the city as the Junos come to Calgary. Take a look at the list of events.

Take in the crescendo of culture that comes with Juno week

Bryan Adams is expected to perform at the 2016 Junos on Sunday, but check out some of the other acts coming out of the woodwork this week as Calgary gears up for the show. (Toby Melville/Reuters)

The award show may be on Sunday, but there are lots of events and live music around the city this week before the celebrities hit the Junos' red carpet in Calgary.

You'll find a sample of what's going on below, and you can learn more about all the events at the Juno Hub at The Core Shopping Centre downtown.

The Juno Hub is run by volunteers and open Monday to Friday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday.

Juno Photography Exhibition

This retrospective exhibit showcases more than 40 years of Canadian music and the Juno Awards. It features never-before-seen photos taken by Canada's foremost rock and roll photographers, as well as about 50 photos from the Juno Awards 40th anniversary book.

Until April 29 during regular gallery hours. Southern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium.

This unique photo exhibit takes a look back through time at Canada's music industry. (

Juno Tour of Canadian Art 

This exhibit has travelled across Canada with selected art from Juno award nominees and winners that resonates with them personally or artistically. Viewers can see the their responses by using tablets located nearby. Participating artists include 54-40, Alan Doyle, AM Static, Corb Lund, Old Man Luedecke, Rufus Wainwright and The Trews.

Until Sept. 18 during regular museum hours. Glenbow Museum.

Check out the art that inspires some of Canada's stars. (

Juno Cup Jam

This fundraising concert features performances by Juno Cup players with all proceeds benefiting MusiCounts. It's promised to be a night of "fun musical collaborations and covers" to kick off Juno weekend. Headliners include Gord Bamford, Brett Kissel, Shawn Hook and Whitehorse, but you have to be older than 18 to attend.

Tickets $25 at Ticketmaster. Flames Central on Thursday, March 31.

Award nominee Brett Kissel is just one headliner for the Juno Cup Jam. Here he is after winning Breakthrough Artist of the Year in 2014. (Jonathan Hayward/Canadian Press)

The Homestretch at The Ironwood

Join CBC Calgary's Doug Dirks and Jenny Howe for a live broadcast of the Homestretch on location at the Ironwood from 3-6 p.m. They'll be joined by Calgary jazz musician Al Muirhead, nominated for his first Juno at age of 80, and the show will feature live performances by Juno nominees including Calgary's own Sykamore. You've got to be there for your chance to win passes to the Juno Sound Check, Red Carpet Audience, and Awards Broadcast.

Thursday, March 31, 3 p.m. Ironwood Stage & Grill, 1229 Ninth Ave. S.E.

CBC Calgary's Doug Dirks and Jenny Howe will be doing a live broadcast of The Homestretch on location at the Ironwood from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. on Thursday.

Junofest Indigenous Showcase

Artists include Armond Duck Chief, Black Bear, Buffy Sainte-Marie, Cris Derksen, Derek Miller and Don Amero. 

Tickets $29.50. Thursday, March 31. Grey Eagle Casino and Resort.

Buffy Sainte-Marie is just one of the many artists performing on Tsuut'ina Nation on the city's western edge for JUNO week. (

Shane Koyczan 

Presented by Tooth Blackner, this show featuring spoken word and poetry will be at the Knox United Church.

Friday, April 1 at 8 p.m. 506 Fourth St. S.W. 

Poet Shane Koyczan will be coming to Calgary during Juno week. Here he performs at the opening ceremonies for the 2010 Vancouver Olympic Winter Games. (Canadian Press)

Dzeko & Torres

Presented by UnionElectronic and Ink Promotions, this dance music show featuring the Canadian duo will be held at the Marquee Market and Stage.

Friday, April 1 at 9 p.m. 4630 Macleod Trail S.

Dzeko and Torres are bringing their Home tour to Calgary during Juno week. (Dzeko and Torres/Facebook)

Juno Cup 

There will be tons of celebrities facing off at this non-contact hockey game raising money for MusiCounts. Not only NHL greats but Canadian musicians from Blue Rodeo, The Tenors, Whitehorse and many more. Tickets are $20 and available through Ticketmaster.

April 1 at 7:30 p.m. Max Bell Arena.

The game even features Beesley, the voice of the Calgary Flames. (

Junofest presented by

Let's just say there's tons of cool musicians — nominees and well-known artists included — hitting up 15 venues in Calgary. The two-night music celebration features three or four acts in each spot.

Wristbands are $30 at

Calgary's own Northern Beauties will be playing the Ironwood Stage and Grill Saturday night as part of JunoFest. (Northern Beauties/Facebook)

Classical Nominees' Showcase

This concert at the Scarboro United Church includes the Canadian Chamber Choir, Dinuk Wijeratne, Elinor Frey, Jeff Reilly and Luminous Voices, John Burge, Maria Soulis and Megumi Masaki. Entry is by donation or free for the first 25 JunoFest wristband holders. CBC Music's Katherine Duncan will emcee this intimate concert featuring Canada's foremost classical music talent.

Saturday, April 2 from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. 134 Scarboro Ave. S.W.

Pianist Dinuk Wijeratne will be among the talented classical artists at this Juno nominee showcase. (Dinuk Wijeratne/Facebook)

Juno Fan Fare

This popular Juno event gives Canadian music fans the opportunity to meet their favourite artists. Free tickets were given out on a first-come, first-served basis. Here are some expected stars: Alessia Cara, Autumn Hill, Brett Kissel, Chad Brownlee, Dean Brody, Dear Rouge, Francesco Yates, George Canyon, Marianas Trench, Ria Mae, Scott Helman, Shawn Hook and Walk off the Earth. 

Saturday, April 2 from noon to 3 p.m. at Chinook Centre.

Alessia Cara, performing here in Philadelphia, will be signing autographs for fans at Chinook. She is also expected to perform at the Juno Award Show on Sunday. (Owen Sweeney/Invision/AP)

Marianas Trench

Marianas Trench, Walk Off The Earth and Keiran Mercer will be hitting up the Corral before it comes down. First 25 lucky JunoFest wristband holders get in free, as according to TicketMaster Sunday night there are "not many [tickets] left."

Saturday, April 2 at 7 p.m. Saddledome Rise S.E.

Award nominees Marianas Trench pose with their Juno after winning group of the year in 2013. (Canadian Press)

Juno Songwriters' Circle

Paul Brandt brings together some of the most talented Canadian singer-songwriters to share songs and stories on stage. Tickets range from $27 to $60 at

Sunday, April 3 at noon. Jack Singer Concert Hall

Alberta will be well represented at the Songwriter's Circle with host Paul Brandt.

Public Red Carpet

Juno Award ticket holders will get to join in on the red carpet glamour. The Calgary Stampede Show Band will be on hand for entertainment. 

Sunday, April 3 from 2:30-4:30 p.m. Saddledome.

Tanya Tagaq poses on the red carpet during the 2015 Juno Awards in Hamilton. (Peter Power/Canadian Press)

Juno Award Show

The 2016 Juno Awards airs live from Calgary's Saddledome with co-hosts musician Jann Arden and Olympian and TV host Jon Montgomery. Tickets are pretty much sold out, but there may be a few single seats left.

Performers include Alessia Cara, Bryan Adams, Coleman Hell, Dean Brody, Dear Rouge, Scott Helman, Shawn Hook, Shawn Mendes, The Weeknd and Whitehorse.

Sunday, April 3 at 5 p.m. MT. Saddledome

The Weeknd, or Abęl Makkonen Tesfaye, performs in Los Angeles. The Canadian singer was born in Toronto. (Rich Fury/Invision/AP)

Other shows and performances 

Junior Junos

This sold-out event gives even the smallest music fan a chance to walk the red carpet. The family-oriented concert features the 2016 Children's Album of the Year Juno Award nominees.

Drop-In Centre Performance 

A Juno-nominated artist will give a short performance at the Calgary Drop-in Centre — North America's largest homeless shelter — on March 31.

Airport Performances

Visitors arriving at YYC arrival areas will be greeted by local artists from 2 p.m. to 8 p.m., Thursday to Sunday. 

Transit Busking Program 

Local buskers will take their acts onto city C-Trains throughout week, giving Calgarians and out-of-town visitors a taste of the vibrant talent right here in Calgary. Call 403-835-0711 for details.

C-Train passengers may get to witness some of the Juno buskers en route to their location during Juno week. (Evelyne Asselin/CBC)


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